Michel Platini resigns as UEFA president
Michel Platini will resign as Uefa president after failing to overturn his ban at the court of arbitration for sport, which cut his sanction from six to four years, according to The Guardian.
“I take note of today’s decision from CAS [Court of Arbitration for Sport] but I see it as a profound injustice,” Platini said in a statement, The Guardian reports.
“As agreed with the national associations, I am resigning from my duties as Uefa president to pursue my battle in front of the Swiss courts to prove my innocence in this case.
The court ruled that Platini was guilty of conflict of interest for taking a GBP 1.25 million payment from FIFA approved by Sepp Blatter in 2011.
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The CAS panel “was not convinced by the legitimacy of the 2,000,000 Swiss francs payment, which was only recognised by Mr. Platini and Mr. Blatter,” the statement said.